Karin plays power guitars on the Magic Flute





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Published on Nov 11, 2010

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Lung training can be fun with an instrument that sometimes sounds like a saxophone, other times like a piano or even like drums. Is it some kind of magic? Not really -- even though the instrument is called Magic Flute, one does not have to work magic on it. All you need is your head.

Puffing once creates a tone. Swaying the head up and down causes a musical scale. In August 2006, little Glenn was absolutely amazed when he blew into the flute and the first tones came out. For the first time he was able to play a musical instrument since he was born without arms and his hands being attached directly to his shoulders.

The fact that Glenn is able to play music is due to an idea three men from three different countries have had. One of them is Ruud van der Wel. He is concerned with breath therapy at the rehabilitation centre Rijndam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he works with physically handicapped kids and those with a learning disability four to 20 years old. Many of the children exercise their breathing because they have muscular diseases like Duchenne muscular dystrophy or muscular atrophy. Usually the therapy comprises patients to blow into small tubes containing balls, for example, to train their lungs -- however, this is certainly not really fun.

Therefore, about five years ago van de Wel looked for alternatives. He met David Whalen from New York via the internet, a man who is a quadriplegic after a ski accident and who tries new ways to play music despite his disability. The two of them were thinking about a wind instrument that can be played without hands. However, they needed the Irishman Brian Dillon in order to put their ideas into practice - a specialist and designer for electric products, who had already built other devices for handicapped people. Together they developed the Magic Flute.

It works by fixing the flute to a tripod and it is blown through an embouchure -- the stronger you blow the louder it sounds. Head movements up and down determine the pitch. A controlling device is connected to the flute and can also be operated via the embouchure. Its display shows which note the musician is playing. The wind instrument can also be connected to other electric sound sources like a keyboard, a synthesizer or a computer enabling the user to generate a broad variety of different sounds ranging from the flute and guitar to percussions and rhythms.

The wind instrument hits two birds with one stone. The lung is trained and moving arms is not necessary anymore to be able to play an instrument since one only needs the head to play songs. And who knows maybe the next rock star will be a „magic flutist".

Natascha Mörs

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